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10 Famous Cubans

Known as the Grand Dame of Cuba, Alicia Alonso was voted one of the most beautiful women in the world by Harpers and Queen Magazine in the 1950s. At 16, she got married and moved to New York, but determined to promote ballet in Cuba, she set up the Alicia Alonso Ballet Company in 1948. But by [read full story]

Young Cuban Jazz: the legend lives on
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

I think of myself as one of the faithful, one of those veteran fans of Cuban or Latin Jazz. I’ve been very lucky to have been able to see close up some of the phenomenal artists in the 1980s who increased the stature of this musical genre on the Island and presented its image [read full story]

Loving the Streets of Havana
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

Havana residents live out a large part of their lives on the streets. It’s kind of a reality show out there all the time. Their exuberance animates the city and it translates their uncontrollable zest into a formula for coping with all sorts of difficulties. There is no end of opportunity on the street; [read full story]

Havana’s birth
by Victoria Alcalá

The Templete is a small neo classical building constructed in the early 19th century to commemorate the first Mass and council held in the town of San Cristóbal de La Habana on November 16, 1519. Each year this event is celebrated by a series of commemorative events the most notable of which is the custom of [read full story]

An architectural stew
by Victoria Alcalá

Havana has always been a very cosmopolitan city, open to different influences. As a port city, it is constantly used to the comings and goings of fleets, of receiving people from every continent, some in transit and others arriving as conquerors or refugees from wars and conflicts; a few of these people succumb [read full story]

Colón Cemetery: A jewel of Havana
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

The majestic triple-arched portal at the point where 12th Street meets Zapata Avenue signals the principal entrance to Havana’s Colón Cemetery. This Romanesque-inspired portico, 34 meters long by 21.66 meters high, is crowned by a monumental Carrara marble sculpture group representing the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and was created by Cuban artist [read full story]

The new Cuba mix
by Jauretzy

For this music issue, we thought we would put together a series of tracks that reflects Cuba in 2016 and all the key players and sentiments that have played a role in making this a historical year. This is what we call The New Cuba Mix—looking forward to all the infinite possibilities of tomorrow, yet [read full story]

The Anatomy of a Millennial
by Jauretsi

What exactly is a Millennial? And why have they become so influential? To understand the mindset of this demographic, one must understand the social, political, and cultural climate they were born in. For starters, it is agreed that a Millennial is anyone officially born in the early 1980s through the early 2000s as the final [read full story]

X Alfonso a Millennial at heart
by Margaret Atkins

For X Alfonso, art is as natural as life itself. He was born in Havana on September 13, 1972 into a family founded by Carlos Alfonso and Ele Valdes, the creators and leaders of the legendary band Síntesis. Between the influences of the family environment and his own talent, X Alfonso’s life has always revolved [read full story]

The future in our reach
by Victoria Alcalá

Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba made the word “entrepreneur” fashionable, especially when referring to the young, although restricting the meaning to the private sector of our economy. The Real Academia Española defines the adjective as “someone resolutely taking difficult or hazardous action.” Merriam- Webster’s Dictionary is on the same track with its [read full story]